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Lydian Coinage

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Lydia, or modern-day Turkey, is where the concept of coinage originated. The most famous of all Lydian coinage was the lion and bull coinage of King Croesus, who is known to have created the first bimetallic currency using gold and silver coinage nearly 2,600 years ago. Lydian coinage typically comes struck from electrum (a mixture of gold & silver), gold, or silver. 
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  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Extremely Fine 4x3

    This Lydian full silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C and has been preserved far better than most over the past 2,600 years. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result, particularly the largest denomination of the series, the full stater. The obverse shows an image of a lion and bull, representing strength and fertility. The reverse employs a double-incuse punch that happened when the coin was struck so long ago. The basal value for a Full Silver Stater is $5,000 so we feel the premium for this example is fully justifiable. The silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Coin pictured is the exact coin you will receive. Learn More
    $8,970.00

  • Lydia Croesus Silver Half-Stater NGC Extremely Fine 5x2

    First silver coinage ever in human history circa 561 B.C. and very attractive for the grade. King Croesus of Lydia issued the "lion and Bull" staters until he was conquered by the Persian Empire. Choice example and very old, hard to believe it was struck two and a half millennia ago. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,980.00

    Special Price $1,945.00

  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Very Fine 5x3

    This Lydian full silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C and has been preserved nicely over the past 2,600 years. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result, particularly the largest denomination of the series, the full stater. The obverse shows an image of a lion and bull, representing strength and fertility. The reverse employs a double-incuse punch that happened when the coin was struck so long ago. This particular example has a lot of flash and luster--many survivors have been heavily corroded and worn over the years. The silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Learn More
    $6,900.00

  • Croesus Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Extremely Fine 5x3

    This is a gorgeous, dark and lustrous half silver stater issued around 2,600 years ago by King Croesus of Lydia. These are known to be the first silver coins issued in human history. The front depicts the Lydian Lion and Bull design, representing strength and fertility. Superb coin for the money and absolutely stunning for the grade. Coin shown is the exact coin you will receive. Learn More
    $2,720.00

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